Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

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Do you have a Raspberry Pi that you got last Christmas (or sometime) that you never got working? Or would you just like to learn more about Raspberry Pi? The Biology Computer Resource Center (BCRC) and Makers at Amherst Media are teaming up to offer a workshop at 10am-3pm on Saturday Dec 16, 2017 for people to bring their Raspberry Pi to the BCRC and get help setting it up.

We also invite Raspberry Pi cognoscenti to join us to help beginners and show off projects they've made.

The BCRC has 24 monitors and keyboards: just bring your Pi, MicroSD-card (8GB or larger recommended), and power supply. (You can also bring your own monitor or keyboard if you like).

During the morning, we will demonstrate and provide help to:

  • Choose a current operating system
  • Create a bootable SD card
  • Boot your Pi and do basic configuration (e.g. wifi)
  • Update your operating system
  • Keep your Pi secure
  • Access the GPIO (light up an LED with the pins)

Over lunch, presenters will demonstrate projects they've made with Raspberry Pis and talk about ongoing projects, or projects they'd like to work on.

During the afternoon, we invite you to find a Raspberry Pi project to work on and help others work on theirs.

Note: We will also have a few extra raspberry pis that you can use if you don't have one, but want to try it out. If you bring your own SD card, you can take it with you and use it when you get your own Pi.